My wife Kim and I moved to West Virginia from Ohio when I joined the Fairmont State biology faculty in 1995. At FSU, I have taught Field Biology, General Botany, Advanced Botany, Fundamentals of Ecology, Global Ecology, Horticulture and Landscaping, Ornithology, Plant Physiology, Principles of Biology, Science That Matters I & II, Senior Seminar, Terrestrial Ecology and Tropical Studies. My favorite activities include gardening, landscaping, singing, birding, beekeeping, making maple syrup, picking fresh fruit from my small orchard and hiking in my woods. I received my B.S. degree in Biology from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and studied botany at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, for my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. My doctoral research focused on the ecological impact of the Amur Honeysuckle, a weedy shrub that has escaped from cultivation. I am concerned about the intentional and unintentional introduction of this and other exotic species (e.g., kudzu, chestnut blight and the European starling) by humans, which is but one of our many assaults on natural ecosystems.